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Samuel W. Zwickel

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DOJ and Yale

Yale Joins Harvard as Target of Federal Probe Into Alleged Discrimination Against Asian-Americans

Yale University — like Harvard — is now the subject of a Department of Justice probe into whether the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process.

Defending Diversity

With Break Dancing and Slam Poetry, Students Host Pro-Affirmative Action Event

The event comes as Harvard’s affirmative action policies are set to face a legal challenge in federal court on Oct. 15.

Harvard Admissions

Harvard Asks Court to Exclude Evidence of Past Anti-Semitism in Admissions Trial

Students for Fair Admissions, the plaintiff in the ongoing lawsuit, planned to bring at least a dozen exhibits related to anti-Semitic discrimination at Harvard.

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

Harvard Asks Judge to Allow Students to Testify in Admissions Trial

Harvard asked a federal judge to allow a number of College students and alumni to testify in support of its race-conscious admissions policies. But the group suing the University doesn't want them to speak.

Natasha Warikoo

White Students at Elite Universities Support Affirmative Action Out of ‘Self-Interest,’ Harvard Professor Finds in Study

“It was sometimes problematic because they saw affirmative action as something to benefit themselves, rather than a policy that’s about justice or racial equity or access,” study author Natasha K. Warikoo said in an interview.


What One Student’s Marked-Up Harvard Application Reveals About the Admissions Process

One student's reviewed application, made public as part of the admissions lawsuit, sheds light on how the College assesses candidates — and on just what it takes to be Harvard material.


Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen Takes Harvard's Side in Admissions Lawsuit

Janet Yellen has lent her support to Harvard and its race-conscious admissions policies as the suit alleging the College discriminates against Asian American applicants inches ever closer to a high-profile and high-stakes trial.

Admissions Lawsuit

Five Things You Need to Know About the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The case is set to go to trial on Oct. 15 in a Boston courthouse. A lot happened over the summer — so read up on the five major developments you need to know before the school year starts.

Acceptance Letters

DOJ Broadside Against Harvard Admissions Hints at Federal Intent to Sue, Experts Say

“It paves the way for the Justice Department to directly intervene in the suit, join the suit,” said Savannah Law School professor Vinay Harpalani.

Department of Justice

Justice Department Says Harvard Illegally Discriminates Against Asian American Applicants

The United States Department of Justice said in a court filing Thursday morning that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies inflict “unlawful racial discrimination” against Asian American applicants.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Mistakenly Told Students on Financial Aid They Owed Full Tuition

Harvard students who receive financial aid opened an email Sunday evening asking them to check their term bills — and discovered they suddenly appeared to owe Harvard full tuition.

Harvard Admissions

Harvard Makes Final Bid to Avoid Trial in Admissions Lawsuit

In a court filing Monday, Harvard argued that Students for Fair Admissions does not have legal standing to sue the University over its admissions practices.

Rakesh Khurana

News Analysis: Khurana’s Welcome Email to Students is Normally Short and Sweet. Not This Year

In an email titled “Welcome Home” and sent to students on Monday, Khurana devoted four paragraphs to the ongoing lawsuit charging Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process.

Silliman College

Top Universities Defend Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policies in Court

Lawyers for the universities wrote that their schools “speak with one voice to emphasize the profound importance of a diverse student body for their educational missions.”

Jake Kaufmann '93

Jake Kaufmann Named Financial Aid Director

Jake Kaufmann ’93 stepped into his role as the College’s director of financial aid Monday vowing to Harvard’s socioeconomic diversity and “open doors for students."